Not happy Scomo: Bud­get reax

Bud­get fails un­der­staffed aged care nurses in Tweed

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­

TWEED nurses have been left dis­ap­pointed by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s 2018–19 bud­get, af­ter no ex­tra fund­ing for in­creas­ing staff num­bers was pro­vided.

While the Coali­tion did an­nounce plans to in­tro­duce an ad­di­tional 14,000 high-level home care sup­port pack­ages over the next four years, the Aus­tralian Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Fed­er­a­tion fed­eral sec­re­tary Annie But­ler said she was dis­ap­pointed the gov­ern­ment hadn’t given more re­sources to in­creas­ing staff num­bers in nurs­ing homes.

Ms But­ler said with more than 100,000 el­derly Aus­tralians on high-pri­or­ity wait­ing lists for home care pack­ages, fund­ing to meet the ever-grow­ing de­mand for in-home aged care ser­vices was long-over­due.

“It’s sim­ply un­ac­cept­able that wait­ing lists have blown out to this point,” she said.

“This chronic staffing cri­sis has led to danger­ous work­loads for nurses and car­ers, re­sult­ing too of­ten in missed care for vul­ner­a­ble nurs­ing home res­i­dents, yet the gov­ern­ment is still not pre­pared to guar­an­tee safe staffing lev­els in res­i­den­tial aged care.”

Rich­mond MP Jus­tine El­liot said she was also con­cerned about the fu­ture of aged care.

“We’ve still got 100,000 peo­ple wait­ing for in-home care and a lot of peo­ple wait­ing for in-home care lo­cally,” she said.

“They’ve got to cut res­i­den­tial aged care to pay for it, which is worse. They didn’t com­mit any new fund­ing.”

HELP: Nurses Elanor Bil­bie and Suzanne Wil­son are call­ing for im­proved staffing lev­els in aged care fa­cil­i­ties. They will be at the cam­paign launch at Jack Evans Boat Har­bour from 11am to­day.

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